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Thursday, January 28, 1999
Guest speaker at study club meeting
The Modern Study club met on Jan. 13, at the First United
Methodist Church parlor at 3:30 p.m. for the first meeting
of the new year. Thought-quote for the meeting was "Train up
a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will
not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6.
Doris Moorman, Public Affairs Chairman, introduced Allen
Spearman, Publicity Person, who is in charge of publicity
and public relations at the West Texas State School, Pyote.
Spearman explained how the WTSS started in 1965, when the
Federal government leased 109 acres that formerly was the
Rattlesnake Bomber Base, during World War II. In 1967 the
West Texas Children's Home began serving dependant and
neglected youth. It continued serving this type youth in a
coed setting until 1986 when it ceased serving girls, and
began serving only delinquent boys an changed its name to
the West Texas State School.
Spearman presented a video about the standardized Texas
Youth Commission institutional program for youth. It
features the Four Cornerstones of Education, Work,
Desciplinary Training and Correctional Therapy coming
together toward achieving the process resocialization of
youth. Therapy and behavioral groups are held daily and
staff psychologists provide specialized counseling and
psychological services. Juvenile Correctional Officers and
Physical Training Staff supervise a rigorous regimen of
military style marching and physical training to develop
their coordination and mental discipline. All youth receive
an individualized education program and about half earn
their GED's. Each youth progresses through a cognitive life
skills manual to help him understand himself and the skills
he needs to be a responsible, law abiding person in everyday
life and in work situations.
President Lena Harpham conducted the business meeting. The
Club Collect was led by Catherine Travland. The Pledges to
the United States of America Flag and the Texas Flag were
led by Doris Moorman, as the members repeated in unison.
The minutes of the previous meeting was read by Bobbi Lang,
secretary, and Pearl Gustafson, treasurer, presented a
report of club finances.
Nan Cate, Federation Counselor, reported that the General
Federation of Women's Clubs will hold their 108th
Convention, June 19-22, in San Francisco, Calif.
Hazel Barmore, Ways and Means chairman, discussed setting up
a time and place for our fund raiser bake sale to support
the 1999 Modern Study Club Pecos High School Senior
Margie Williamson, Scholarship Chairman, reported that
candidates for the Alma Van Sickle Scholarship of Western
District of TFWC were being considered.
Joyce Morton agreed to donate a painting with club members
buying the frame. The painting will be a gift for Western
District President Francis Dunn of Odessa, when she visits
The Modern Study Club on Feb. 10, to present her Federation
Roll call was answered, "How can we help the children?"
Hostesses Betty Smith and Pearl Gustafson served German
Chocolate Cake, vegetables, dip, coffee and punch to guest,
Allen Spearman and club members Hazel Barmore, Nan Cate,
Lena Harpham, Bobbi Lang, Gretchen Luna, Doris Moorman,
Joyce Morton, Iris Reddick, Etta Sullivan, Laura Teal,
Catherine Travland and Margie Williamson.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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